Supermarket Industry News Roundup: January 13, 2018

January 12, 2018

The Challenges of Independent Supermarkets and The NGA’s Role
2018 began and for the independent supermarket industry, in the words of Peter J. Larkin, president of the National Grocers Association (NGA), the panorama appears “interesting.” It will be a year of challenges, fast changes motivated by technology, competition and of uncertainty due to the changes brought about by controversial laws such as tax reform. Learn more via Abasto.

NGA Promotes, Hires Staffers
The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has revealed key staff promotions and new hires that aim to help the Arlington, Va.-based organization expand its member benefits and advocate policies. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Online Grocery Ordering Increasing in Popularity, Options
Ordering groceries from the comfort of your own home has become increasingly popular and local grocery stores and chains have taken notice. Walmart was the first to offer online grocery pickup in 2013, Opelika store Wright’s Market began offering the service in May and other stores are following suit. Learn more via Opelika-Auburn News.

Tax Bill Inspires ShopRite to Give Employee Bonuses
Delaware Supermarkets Inc., which owns six ShopRite supermarkets, is handing out $150 bonuses to 1,000 non-management and union-represented employees as a result of the recent tax reform bill being signed into law. The bonus is in addition to holiday and performance bonuses. Learn more via The Produce News.

E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Declared Over in Canada
The outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 tied to romaine lettuce appears to be over in Canada, but an investigation remains underway in the U.S., health officials said Wednesday. In an update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Canada’s Public Health Agency reported an end to the outbreak there. Canadian officials linked the outbreak to romaine lettuce, saying 42 people have been sickened, one of whom died. Learn more via Supermarket News.

Value-Added Gives Quiet Boost to Meat Sector Sales
The expanding shopper interest in value-added meats is providing supermarkets with increasingly robust—and frequently overlooked—revenue opportunities. Learn more via Supermarket News.

NGA’s Supermarket Industry News Roundup is a weekly summary of news articles that highlights conversation around the independent supermarket industry and consumer trends. The links included in the summary have content that is not controlled by NGA.